Musée d'Orsay: Eugène Boudin The Beach at Trouville

Eugène Boudin
The Beach at Trouville

Trouville Beach
Eugène Boudin (1824-1898)
Trouville Beach
Oil on wood
H. 26; W. 48 cm
© RMN-Grand Palais (Musée d'Orsay) / DR

La plage de trouville [The Beach at Trouville]

Boudin, a great admirer of Corot's landscapes, is famous above all for his pictures of the Normandy coast. The growth in leisure in the late nineteenth century, which had led to increasing numbers of elegant summer tourists arriving onto ever more crowded beaches, provided Boudin with a theme which combined both Landscape and Genre.

This piece is remarkable for the liveliness of the treatment, the care taken in rendering all the vibrations of light - some objects being reduced to mere patches of colour - which give an idea of how significant this artist was with regard to the emergence of Impressionism. Boudin was a highly important figure in the artistic education of the young Claude Monet, an influence acknowledged by Monet with the words: "If I have become a painter, I owe this to Eugène Boudin and no other."

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